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Published reports say that while Wal-Mart remains the prime candidate to purchase Ahold's Brazilian operations, it by no means is a done deal.

While Wal-Mart wants to acquire both Ahold’s Bompreco and G Barbosa supermarket chains in Brazil, the government there has threatened the Dutch company with fines if it tries to sell both chains together. In addition, there have been reports that Ahold and Wal-Mart have had trouble agreeing on a price.

The result of these delays could be the re-emergence of local company Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao as a possible contender to buy one or both Ahold chains.
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